Allen makes it official
January 24th, 2011
02:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Allen makes it official

(CNN) - Former Virginia Governor and Republican Sen. George Allen made his campaign announcement official Monday with the release of a video on his website.

"Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate," Allen said in the almost three minute video. "You know me as someone willing to fight for the people of Virginia, and I'd like the responsibility to fight for you again. Hire me on for six years and I pledge to work hard restoring freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all."

Allen said the commonwealth needs a leader who will listen to the voices of Virginians and fight to "repeal and replace this government mandated health care experiment, pass a balanced budget amendment and the line item veto and reduce our families' energy costs."

He lost the 2006 Senate election to Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who has yet to commit to a 2012 campaign.

In Monday's video Allen said he has been traveling throughout the state and people are "anxious and worried" about their future.

"The pivotal elections coming up in 2012 are going to determine the trajectory of our country, whether the opportunity to achieve the American dream will continue to decline, or begin to ascend again," Allen said.

At a campaign event in 2006, Allen was recorded by a Webb volunteer calling an attendee of Indian descent, "macaca," which is a derogatory term in some parts of the world. The recording went viral, and contributed to Webb's narrow defeat of Allen.

Republican Tea Party-backed candidate Jamie Radtke stepped into the race in January, and she wasted no time criticizing Allen following his announcement.

"Senator Allen was part of the Washington establishment, and he still is," Radtke said in a statement Monday. "If we want to change Washington we need to change the people in Washington, and elect a new generation of strong leadership to the Senate who will make principled decisions. I look forward to proving I am that person for Virginia."

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    Senator Webb, all you need to do is sit back and let these two tear each other apart. It should be a shoe in for you if you should decide to run.

    January 24, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. AnaHadWolves

    Oh, good. The Senator who had a racist-filled slew of remarks aimed at an Indian-descent reporter and called him "Macaca" is back, ready to spew even more vile, disgusting and bigoted slurs? Even the most far-right of Virginia voters must reject this misanthrope and send him back to the sewer from which he oozed.

    Is George Allen really the best you Republicans can do? Really?

    January 24, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. mdn

    I agree with the tea party candidate. Former governor/senator Allen is part of the old guard...old school...good ol' boys network. He likes his palms greased with tax payer money. He was part of the congress under Bush and supported two unnecessary wars and a tanking of our economy. If the US has become second rate it is because of politicians like Allen.

    January 24, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Allen Will Fight For The People Of Virginia . . .

    Assuming they are fat cats from Wall Street, Corporate oil, gas and coal interests or anyone who doesn't like Macaccas

    January 24, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. RB

    Tha Macaca is back, lets macaca him back to his retirement.

    January 24, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Livin' the good life

    This guy reminds me of the "Stay-Puff" man from Ghostbusters! I used to live in Va. It's not a pretty place. Beau Colby

    January 24, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. vic nashville tn

    2006 TO 2010 what a change?

    We know why he lost thanks to you tube

    Same kind of comments make many to won the election in 2010 so he seen some light

    January 24, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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